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Despite an onslaught of scrutiny and scandal over the past few years, Facebook closed out the second decade of the millennium stronger than ever, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Why it matters: Facebook's continued ability to post double-digit revenue growth every year shows how well it has been able to innovate and adapt.
The bottom line: Facebook recognizes that there's a gulf between its prodigious growth and its beleaguered reputation. On an investor call following Facebook's earnings report Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said:
We're focused on communicating more clearly about what we stand for. One critique of our approach for much of the last decade is that because we wanted to be liked, we didn't want to communicate our views as clearly, because we worried about offending people. ... Our goal for the next decade isn't to be liked, but understood. In order to be trusted, people need to know what we stand for.
As the Senate prepares for a second long day of Q&A, Republicans seem increasingly confident that at least 51 senators will vote tomorrow to prevent witnesses at President Trump’s impeachment trial, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
What we're hearing: Tuesday evening's meeting was strategically timed — and played the role that Republican leaders had hoped it would.
What Republicans up for re-election this year are saying:
Go deeper: Highlights from yesterday's Q&A session.
On average, an infant born in 2018 is expected to live about 78 years and 8 months, the CDC says in a report out today.
Why it matters: The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses.
Above, members of the European Parliament hold hands and sing "Auld Lang Syne" in Brussels yesterday after a final divorce vote on the U.K.
Both parties will tell you that health care was the vital issue in the 2018 midterms, and new data shows it's also top-of-mind for Iowans.
Candidate's top-searched issue: "Abortion"
Candidate's top-searched issue: "Health care"
Among the seven debate-qualifiers, the only ones with notable Iowa searches alongside "Social Security" were Biden, Sanders and Warren.
Public health experts say U.S. should be preparing for the worst as the Chinese coronavirus spreads, Axios' Sam Baker writes.
One big lesson from the Ebola crisis ... "They need to put someone at the White House in charge," Ron Klain, who served as then-President Obama's "Ebola czar," said this week on Axios' Pro Rata podcast.
Dads with daughters inspired by Kobe Bryant’s bond with his 13-year-old Gianna took to social media to celebrate their own using the hashtag #GirlDads, AP reports.
Vanessa Bryant used the hashtag in an Instagram post, her first since Sunday's tragic helicopter crash, that paid tribute to Kobe, Gianna and the others killed in the incident.
Warren Buffett hurls a newspaper during a contest in the exhibit hall of the 2016 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha. Photo: Ryan Henriksen/Reuters
Berkshire Hathaway, the corporate holding company owned mostly by billionaire Warren Buffett, will sell its newspaper operations to publisher Lee Enterprises Inc. for $140 million.
Why it matters, via Axios' Sara Fischer: Buffett loves the newspaper business. His first job was a newspaper delivery boy for the Washington Post — and he has long been a vocal supporter of local news.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will proclaim today Gwen Ifill Day at a U.S. Postal Service ceremony for the issue of a Forever stamp (always good, even when rates rise) honoring the pioneering journalist as part of the Black Heritage series.
Ifill — an inspiration as she rose to the heights of journalism as a political reporter for the Washington Post, New York Times and NBC News — was co-anchor or "PBS NewsHour" when she died of cancer at 61 in 2016.
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